Exploring Acadiana & Cajun Country
I lived in the New Orleans area, at Gretna, for almost a year while I was in the Coast Guard. I had almost gotten the hang of the Cajun accent before it was time to leave to Michigan and re-learn Yooper accents. That is pure culture shock, and something I will never forget.
The massive areas of swampland, bayous and rivers in southern Louisiana make it difficult to just pick a US Route or state highway and ride a straight line to reach the county seats. The solution is to pick a river and follow the shoreline. I have been to the southeast peninsula area and know that there simply isn't anything like a memorial there, except at Point a la Hache. And even that is now an iffy location because the memorial location has been flooded a copule of times in the last several years and it may have been moved, or even put in storage. To keep it simple I just plan to touch the top end of that parish and use the time saved to visit additional mounuments in New Orleans.
The return legs out of Texas toward Mississippi are much straighter and less easy to get lost as I ride along them. Because I am not exactly sure how weather, rest, and roadside encounters will affect the schedule through Texas, I am only able to estimate that I will reach stop #18 about the March 6.
Departure and arrival dates and times are always an estimate. If you plan to meet me at a particular monument, or want to ride along with me, you should Email or DM me on Twitter to get my cell phone number so I can update you on specific arrival times.
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Enter along US-90 from Bay St Louis, MS
|Stop #||Location||County||Via Route||Dist|
|1||Chalmette||St Bernard||US-90 / LA SR-47 / LA SR-46||52|
|River Rd at Natl Cemetery Rd - GAR monument,|
|3||Gretna||Jefferson||US-90 to Lafayette St to City Hall||5|
|2nd St at Huey P Long - Victory Arch|
|2||Belle Chasse||Plaquemines||Lafayette St / SR-23||10|
|5||Hahnville||St Charles||I-310 SR-18||29|
|River Road at Courthouse Ln - Honor Rolls monument,|
|6||Edgard||St John Baptist||LA SR-18||15|
|County courthouse, LA-18|
|7||Vacherie||St James||LA SR-644 / LA-3127||23|
|LA-644 at Spruce St, - VietNam Veterans memorial|
|LA-1 near county courthouse - Mothers Club WW II & WW I|
|Heroes Park, 2501 Veterans Blvd, , - Honor Rolls|
|11||Houma||Terrebonne||LA SR-20 / SR-24||18|
|12||Patterson||St Mary||LA SR-24 / US-90||43|
|13||New Iberia||Iberia||LA SR-87 / US-90||43|
|County courthouse, 301 Iberia St - All veterans|
|14||St Martinville||St Martin||LA SR-31||10|
|City Hall, New Market St at Evangeline Ave - Honor Rolls|
|15||Abbeville||Vermillion||LA SR-31 / LA SR-14||31|
|County courthouse, State St at Charity St,|
|County courthouse, - Honor Rolls|
|17||Lake Charles||Calcasieu||LA SR-27||52|
|depart to Orange, Texas via US-90|